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Monday, 8 August 2011

Now that shopping list - Large family sized

As promised, I would post and talk about my shopping list/s;  lists because I have incorporated all mine onto one page....(so you will see).

A4 paper size.

Starting with the left hand side, (two columns on the left) FRUIT & VEG, COSTCO, BAKERY/BUTCHER & DOMINANT CLEANING PRODUCTS.


When I purchase fruit & veg, it is always a large quantity.  Lately I have been making a trip to a Market every 3-4 weeks.  I normally buy a box of mandarins (when it's the season) they cost me around $13 - $16 a box and can last up to 3 weeks.  They sit in the bottom of the fridge in the crisper. 

Same with spuds (potatoes for those Yankee fans), I buy about 25kg to 50kg (pay $7.00 per 25kg bag).  Also depending on the price, I either buy boxes of apples or just fill up bag fulls (usually $0.99kg at the markets).

Carrots are also cheap by the bag full (I could have paid $4.00 yesterday), however, 25kg is way too many....so I still purchase these from ALDI as they are normally between $0.49 or $0.99kg.   I am trying to organise a friend of mine to come along so we can go halves on the carrots.

All other fruit/veg are reasonably priced at the market and I buy as much as I can (while considering the storage).  All my produce goes into the Tupperware Fridgesmart or other Tupperware containers in the fridge.  I also have two refrigerators, so this helps a great deal.

Eggs I can also purchase at my markets.  There is a Asian stall that sell a variety of sizes.  I buy the 700g (free range) at $7.00 x 30 eggs (I always buy 60) and they last 4+ weeks. (Hubby is building us a chook pen and we are really looking forward to Organic eggs again)!

When I can't make it to the markets, I normally buy fruit and veg at ALDI (or I shop around at Coles/Woolworths - but most of the time they are WAY too expensive).  I also found a by the road side grocer locally too, however, he is sort of out of the way.  My hubby will also buy from a market like store close to his work and bring home of a Friday night.


One word "fantastic".  This place is dedicated to Large Families.  

Unfortunately, I live 1hr drive away.  So I tend to buy up big and make the drive every 3 or 4 months.  A friend of mine raved about this place and took me along with her (I was hooked after one visit).  

Rather than talking about the items I buy, how bout I just show you!  (what you don't see photographed indicates - OUT OF STOCK)!

Check out the sizes!  Mayonnaise is the BEST - 1.9L, The rolled Oates comes in a large 
box with 2 of those bags - 2.2Kg (one I packed in a Tupperware Modular Mate).
Olives - 2kg (paid about $6.00), Oil - 4L, Peanut butter - 1.36kg & Vegemite - 950g.

They also have cling wrap too (I have a big one I got from ALDI months ago)

At Woolworths I pay between $18 and $21 for the same sized bucket
(different brand),at Costco $15.99!

Costco also have sliced bread (3 loaves packed together), $2.99 for 3 (when I go, I buy 4 packs - 12 loaves).


For the items on these lists above; these are bought rarely or in bulk at the time.

I buy a 25kg bag of plain flour from a local bread/cake shop.  This can last up to 4 months.  I don't buy self-raising flour, but instead make it the old fashioned way.  This gets stored in the pantry in an old metal bucket.

Making Self-Raising Flour

2 x teaspoons of baking powder to 1 cup of plain flour


1 teaspoon of cream of tartar and 1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to 1 cup of plain flour give the same result.

All my meat (except ham on the bone) comes from a butcher.  I buy this about monthly.  The Great Family Value pack.  Last time I had it delivered, it was great!

My cleaning products I purchased from here.  I bought 3 x 5L containers of Dish-washing liquid, Disinfectant & Multi-purpose Cleaner back in January.  The dish-washing liquid has about a third of the container left. I know for a fact that I won't be buying the disinfectant and multi-purpose products for at least 18months.  I only need to use 2 cap fulls of the liquid (to a 1L spray bottle container) and just fill the rest with water!  (These products are all natural too)!

Right hand side of my list - ALDI - COLES -  WOOLWORTHS

This should be self explanatory, colour coded etc.  

Basically, everything I buy, I buy in bulk.  Boxes of tinned tomatoes, tuna, (all tinned stuff).  Otherwise, I buy 4 - 6 of each item on my list. (except things like rice which is already 5kg packs).  Gradually my ALDI list of purple colours become bigger, as ALDI is starting to stock more items each time I go!  I also buy sliced bread from ALDI - only Costco can beat $1.09 bread; I think I paid $1.00 the other day.  (I buy 12 loaves at a time which get stored in the freezer/s).

When I do visit Coles or Woolworths, again I buy the items I need in quantity (4-6).

As far as storing all these groceries.  I am very lucky to have a large walk in pantry (which I designed a few years back when we did an extension), without it, I would be going back to weekly shopping.

I wonder if some of you have noticed an IMPORTANT item that is not on the list?  Who will be the first to guess what is missing?

NOTE:  If anyone would like a copy of my list above emailed, I am happy to do so.  It is in Microsoft Publisher format, however, I should be able to make one up in Word as well.  You can then open the file and change the items that suit you and your family.  Please either PM me on FB or leave your email in the comments section below this post.  

I hope my idea/s touches some of my readers!


  1. I am so intrigued by your list. We shop every 2 weeks to 1 month. A lot of bulk shopping here too. Though no Costco, though we do have a Sams Club...I would love if you could send me your list...I don't have Publisher or Word, but can use Open Office to read word. If it is too much work that is fine. In my spare time I may be able to figure it out...do moms of many ever have spare time:o) Alizabeth from iowa! whimzzy1@gmail.com

  2. Of course I can send you the list. Great to have a reader all the way from the States!

  3. These are fantastic lists.

    Actually I was so inspired to get back into bulk shopping that I sent hubby to the butchers (on a 'date' with our oldest child) to buy loads and loads of meat that I then separated into meal sized portions.

    Now, my plan is to (re)source other goods in our local town that we need on a regular basis and attempt at buying up to 3 months worth in advance.

  4. Good on you. I did my massive ALDI and Woolworths shop on Tuesday of this week....I was putting it off for a few days (should have done on weekend), but I now feel so much better that it is done. The pantry was seriously getting bare.


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